Guernsey born artist Keith Langlois has worked as a graphic artist/ illustrator/animator, and for the past 15 years usually at a computer screen. He is keen to get back to creating paintings and artefacts as he did in the 1980’s
At the age of fifteen, he began working at the Guernsey Pottery, slip casting and decorating majolica slipware.
In 1976 while attending an art foundation course at “The Dove Centre” in Somerset held a sell-out exhibition of drawings and watercolours.
After two years working for his father growing tomatoes back in Guernsey, he returned to Somerset to pursue an art career creating interiors for the Firkin, Slug and Lettuce and Front-Page pub groups while employed by Barker Harland Ltd.
Over the years he has exhibited work at many joint shows including the Royal Academy summer exhibition and in 1986, a solo one-day sale of paintings in Somerset, arranged by friend Pat Leyshon, which sold out.
Throughout the 1990s to the present day, most of his work has been creating graphics and illustrations, and from the early 2000s, computer-based model-making animation usually to explain how things work, from a series of ‘Mechanisms of Action’ films for Probiotics international Ltd to mechanical renewable devices for Highway Energy Systems and Hughes R&D.
“When I get the chance to paint these days my influences include; Mervyn Peake, Paul Gauguin, Alice Neel, Shaun Tan, Diego Rivera, Peter Howson, Victor Hugo, MC Escher and Bill Evans. The latter being a musician but always integral to my understanding of painting, so I would say the way I visualise music has played a big part in my artwork.”